Just swapped my civic (B16A SiR II), love the way it drives now, but converted from auto to manual. I'm not really used to driving stick, I can do it, but I'm not real knowledgeable when it comes to what technique to use in what situation. I'm looking for answers to a few questions: 1. Does doing burnout shifts into first gear hurt any part of the drivetrain. This is probably a stupid question, but I have to ask it because I'm doing violent burnouts like every other launch. 2. Does it hurt anything to shift into 1st, let it climb to 6,000 or so rpm and then shift into third. I've noticed that the only way I can shift cleanly into 2nd gear is if I shift out of first almost immediately after launch. Shifting into third at a high rpm from 1st seems to solve this problem. I've also tried launching in 2nd, which also works pretty well, even though you start out for a second or two a little slow, you climb the rpm band fairly quickly after that. I think it might also save time and some wear on my drivetrain in the long run. My throttle seems over eager to light shit up. 3. It seems to me that shifting from a high rpm works great in 3rd and 4th as far as landing into the next gear at the beginning of the VTEC powerband. 4. I've done quite a few launches in the past 24 hours where I squeal the tires into 1st, 2nd, AND 3rd. Is this bad? Am I gonna torch this clutch and trans in record time, or is this okay to do on a regular basis? Again, all noob questions, and I'm asking because I really would like to know from those in the know.